Sri Sivabala Yogi's basic teaching deals with control of mind and it does not advocate any religious beliefs. Mind is the cause of one's suffering and unhappiness and it also has the power to get rid of them. 


No one succeeds without effort... Those who succeed owe their success to perseverance.
The degree of freedom from unwanted thoughts and the degree of concentration on a single thought are the measures to gauge spiritual progress.
Your own Self-realization is the greatest service you can render the world.


Ramana Maharishi

LAGHU GURU UPANISHAD

Spiritual Teachings of Sri Sivabala Yogi

What does the control of mind imply?
“The palpable form of the mind is the incessant flow of thoughts that all jivas are aware of. To control the mind means to stop their eruption. The origin of the individual mind lies in the feeling of ‘I’ that every jiva entertains (e.g. ‘I am Rama’). The ‘I’ exists as the primordial and basic thought on which are imposed countless other thoughts. The ‘I’ thought exists as a vibration in the consciousness and samaskaras (mental impressions) are created when it impels the mind into activity to gratify its desires.”

 What is the nature of Reality?  How is it known?
“Reality is indescribable (in words), unknowable (by the mind) and inexpressible (to another). It is a state of fathomless and absolute Silence that is beyond speech and mental perception. The resultant obtained after the mind is controlled (i.e. destroyed) is Reality. It is the supreme goal that the wise seek. It is known through self-effort and divine grace.”

What is the concept of God (Ishwara)?
Most people find it too hard to understand that an abstract entity like the mind can be a creator, sustainer and destroyer (of the world). It is so because their ignorance does not allow them to conceive that material forms can emerge out of the disembodied consciousness. The idea of an Ishwara who is a personal being is given in teaching for those unable to comprehend that the mind (or consciousness) is the sole actor and repository of knowledge. An average jiva is more comfortable with the notion of a Supreme Being who is not only omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscience but also the creator, preserver and destroyer.

How is the attainment of Reality related to the control of mind?  What is the special effort required to know It?  What should a seeker aspire to achieve in a spiritual quest?
Reality transcends the power of the mind and, hence, It is not an object that it can gain. Mind can acquire only relative knowledge and not its absolute counterpart. Reality is an inactive principle of consciousness and is not even aware of the mind’s activity. In a spiritual quest, effort is required to control the mind and not to know the Reality. That ought to be the aim of a wise student. Truth is realised on Its own if the mind is controlled (i.e. destroyed).​

Modern life is very competitive and stressful; only a thoughtful few want to rid themselves of constant worries and find a way to live a life of real happiness. Teachings of Sri Sivabala Yogi (better known as Swamiji to his devotees) contained in Laghu Guru Upanishad are especially relevant for such people. There are many grades of aspirants; some just want to lead a peaceful life, some want a lower type of salvation and a few blessed ones who desire total freedom by realising their true natures. Ultimate liberation is attained only if one knows the absolute Self (or Reality or God). No matter what one's goal is, the Guru's teaching given in Laghu Guru Upanishad, if practised sincerely, offers hope to everyone to attain one's desired end. 

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How should an aspirant set about to embark on a spiritual journey?
“A jiva is happy when the mind is at rest, as in deep sleep, while it is not so when it is restless and agitated, as, for example in wakefulness. The obvious conclusion is that mind free of thoughts (as in deep sleep) give it peace. Thus, self-analysis to discover the root cause of unhappiness as well as to find ways to attain everlasting happiness is the starting point for most people to begin a spiritual quest.”

 What is meditation (dhyana) and how is it done?
A prolonged act of concentration is known as meditation.  The former’s inceptive stage may last a few seconds whereas the latter progresses from beginning to middle and advanced states from roughly one hour to three or four hours and ten or twelve and above hours respectively. Meditation requires an object to concentrate on.  It is a complete discipline in itself; for, not does it only purify the mind, it puts it through all the steps required to control it, i.e., discipline, abidance, subsidence and destruction. In meditation, an aspirant brings the mind back to its object of concentration every time it is waylaid by a new thought. This repeated act of keeping the mind focused on an object forms the crux of meditation for a beginner. Meditation must be done intelligently (that is done by using the power of discrimination to keep the mind concentrated on the chosen object) despite the flow of thoughts. The latter keep erupting even in advanced stages of practice. One must persevere despite all odds using one’s will power. Gradually, thought lose their intensity and mind begins to introvert (to its source i.e. I sense) as it gets purified.

Contents


  • Chapter 1 - Introduction
    Chapter 2 - Instruction in General
    Chapter 3 - Reality
    Chapter 4 - Control of Mind
    ​Chapter 5 - The Satguru